A coordinated effort between Pearce Community Center and Chillicothe Park District is offering tennis lessons.



Both recreation resources had expressed interest for the united tennis program aimed for youth and adults whose first tennis session began in June.


A coordinated effort between Pearce Community Center and Chillicothe Park District is offering tennis lessons.

Both recreation resources had expressed interest for the united tennis program aimed for youth and adults whose first tennis session began in June.

The fitness program has three skill levels: youth beginner, youth intermediate and adult beginner. The start of this month’s tennis session began on July 5. Each lesson will be on Tuesday at Shore Acres Park.

The cost is $22.50 for PCC foundation members, $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

Pearce Community Center’s Program and Marketing Manager Mallory Audo had contacted Kevin Yates, the Chillicothe Park District director to set up possible tennis options.

“It was an easy one-and-done phone call,” said Audo. Though a merge like this has not happened in the past, both recreation entities were eager to work with one another, she said.

“Pearce is really running the program, and we’re providing the facilities,” said Yates.

The tennis instructor is Shannon Keene of Lacon. Keene, an Ohio native, played tennis for four years in high school and three years at Malone University. She attends Chillicothe Bible Church with Pearce Director Ben Alvarez and was contacted by him for the position.

Keene, 28, is teaching three one-hour, back-to-back lessons for each skill level. Youth beginners practice at 8:30 a.m., youth
intermediates meet at 9:30 a.m., and the adult session starts at 10:30 a.m.

Pearce has collaborated with the park district in a cooperative program to offer a summer camp, after-school program and  day camp for children.

Tennis is something fresh for PCC, which already offers swimming, basketball, soccer and volleyball.

Tennis enrollments are still being accepted and those who are interested should call 274-4209 or visit Pearce Community Center.

As for future tennis lessons, Audo said, “We would love to see it be carried over.”